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Longtime cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones announced his retirement Friday on Instagram after 14 years in the NFL.

Jones split his career between the Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, and Denver Broncos. He was an All-Pro selection with the Bengals in 2014 and a Pro Bowler the following season.

The sixth overall pick in 2005, Jones entered the league with the Titans. He became one of the most electrifying defenders and returners in the NFL, but his troubles off the field often overshadowed his in-game accomplishments.

He enjoyed the most successful and stable seasons of his career in Cincinnati, where he played from 2010-17. He was a key contributor on many strong Bengals defenses, helping them make the playoffs five times.

The 35-year-old notched 17 interceptions and returned five punts for touchdowns in 146 career games.

Dak Prescott is entering the final year of his rookie contract, but he’s not concerned with the state of extension talks with the Dallas Cowboys.

“I think the people that are doing the deal feel the same way so to me it’s no rush. I know it will get done,” Prescott said Wednesday, according to Cowboys.com’s Nick Eatman.

Prescott let it be known his desire is to play out his career with the star on his helmet.

“I want to be a Cowboy forever,” he said.

The Cowboys’ franchise quarterback could reportedly command a contract that will pay him $30 million per season and the team has acknowledged its star pivot deserves to be paid. Nonetheless, Prescott isn’t sweating the details.

“It’s all generational money and life-changing money. It’s a blessing just to be in this position. But as far as the numbers are concerned, my focus is within the locker room. I know it’ll get taken care of, so it is what it is,” he said.

The Dallas Cowboys are making progress in their negotiations with quarterback Dak Prescott on a new long-term contract that could approach or surpass $30 million annually, a source told the Fort Worth Star Telegram’s Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Prescott is entering the final year of his rookie deal and the reported $30 million per year would make the 25-year-old one of the league’s top five highest-paid quarterbacks.

“We are sold on Dak,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the “Rich Eisen Show” on Monday. “We do want to have him for the long term. We think he is worthy of investing in for the long term. He is going into his fourth year now in the NFL.

“When you look at the snaps he’s had, when you look at the situations he’s been in, when you look at, first of all, how he got here, and then you see really how he has performed … we see real upside in Dak.”

The Cowboys will have a slew of contracts to work out in the coming year. Corner Byron Jones and linebacker Jaylon Smith are both entering the final years of their contracts, and Ezekiel Elliott – whose fifth-year option keeps him with the club until 2020 – will likely also see a new deal.

Dallas re-signed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence to a five-year, $105-million contract earlier this offseason.

Although the Dallas Cowboys recently exercised the fifth-year option on Ezekiel Elliott‘s rookie contract, a long-term extension for the running back isn’t imminent.

Reports surfaced following the 2018 season that Elliott would prefer a contract extension this offseason rather than in 2020, but Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones claims the two parties are without a timetable.

The star rusher is one of a handful of players for whom Dallas must weigh extensions in the near future. Quarterback Dak Prescott, receiver Amari Cooper, and cornerback Byron Jones are also in that group after the team recently extended defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

“I think those are all a work in progress,” Jones said of extension negotiations, according to NFL.com’s Grant Gordon. “Certainly we’ve got a couple years there with Zeke to get that done. We certainly want to get him done. He’s the straw, if you will, that stirs our drink. He’s a key part of what we’re about.

“Those things take time to get done. They don’t happen overnight. Certainly, he’s a priority in terms of ultimately getting him signed. There hasn’t really been a timetable put on this.”

Elliott, the fourth overall pick of the 2016 draft, has wasted no time producing at the pro level. The 23-year-old put up nearly 2,000 total yards in his rookie season and led the NFL with 1,434 rushing yards in 2018 after a suspension-shortened 2017 campaign.

The Dallas Cowboys agreed to a five-year extension worth $105 million with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on Friday. The deal includes $65 million guaranteed, ESPN’s Todd Archer reports.

Lawrence will receive more money during the first year of the deal than any defensive player in NFL history, a source told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. His mark will eclipse the $31 million Khalil Mack pocketed in his first year with the Chicago Bears.

The up-front money is necessary because fellow Cowboys stars Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott are scheduled to hit free agency in 2020, and Ezekiel Elliott will follow in 2021.

At $21 million, Lawrence will now be paid the NFL’s third-highest salary among defensive players behind Mack ($23.5 million) and Aaron Donald ($22.5 million).

Lawrence played the 2018 season on the franchise tag. He was again tagged this offseason, but the Cowboys were confident about signing the 26-year-old to an extension.

The two sides were at an impasse in contract talks, but a breakthrough came after Lawrence and executive vice president Stephen Jones talked on the phone Thursday, according to Archer.

Lawrence followed up his breakout 2017 season (14.5 sacks) with a 10.5-sack campaign in 2018.

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Jason Witten is eager to get back on the football field following his one-year retirement that took him away from the Dallas Cowboys in 2018.

“I’m invigorated by the process of going back in there,” Witten said Saturday, according to Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “I really feel like obviously I’ve got a lot of energy coming back in there. I’m excited, and I think you just get back in there. That’s what I’ve enjoyed the most, getting with the guys, start looking at some tape and working out with coach (Mike) Woicik and the strength staff some.”

The 36-year-old tight end retired abruptly last April to take a broadcasting job on Monday Night Football. His return to the Cowboys was equally sudden, as the team announced Feb. 28 that he was coming out of retirement to rejoin the team.

“I said it when I retired a year ago: I don’t know that anybody really knows when it’s their time to go. And I was no different,” he said. “Look, I had a great experience in the booth. I saw a different perspective. I saw the league from a different point of view in getting the opportunity to go see 31 other teams and how they build their team and go about it.

“But at the same time, I saw the Cowboys team start to come together and a lot of stars and young stars that love the game, and when Jerry (Jones) presented me that opportunity to come back, I was just extremely excited. I think more than anything else, it was just something that was tugging on me inside to say that maybe there’s something still inside left to go out there and go after that championship.”

Witten caught 63 passes for 560 yards and five touchdowns in 2017. Dallas is coming off a year in which it captured the NFC East title and won its first playoff game since 2014.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t seem to be sweating about locking up DeMarcus Lawrence.

The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on the star defensive end for a second straight year, and the two parties have until July 15 to work out a long-term contract.

“(A contract is) in the works,” Jones said on Monday, via the team’s website. “We’re communicating. That’s what you’ve got until you actually meet to sign the contract.”

If a new deal isn’t reached and Lawrence signs his franchise tender, he’ll play under a one-year contract worth roughly $20.5 million.

The 26-year-old is expected to become one of the NFL’s highest-paid defensive players eventually. He’s not taking that lightly, and neither is the team.

“This is a significant thing for not only our franchise but DeMarcus’ life,” Jones said. “It would make anyone be very, very judicious as they are working through the terms of this agreement. So the fact we don’t have something done today is not inordinate when you look at the things that are at stake here.”

Lawrence recorded 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles during the 2018 campaign.